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3n IHgmoriam 

C. J. c. 

Born April 11th, 1895; killed in an air fight on 
the Somme Front, Oct. 20th, 1916. 

Also 

R. H. C. 

Born February 12th, 1897; died April 23rd, 1917, 

of wounds received April 22nd, 1917, 

during the battle of Arras. 



"They loved not their lives unto the death." 

Ret. xll,. n 

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2 

"That we may bt able to comfort them which are In 
any trouble by the comfort wherewith we oursrlves are 
comforted of God. "—II. Cor. 1, 4. 



'Remember what he was with thankful heart, 

The bright, the brave, tilt *ender and the true; 
Remember where he Is, from sin apart. 

Present with God— yet not estranged from you. 
But never doubt that Love — and Love alone 

Removed thy loved one from this trial scene; 
Nor idly dream, since he to God has gone. 

Of what, tiad he been left, he might have been." 



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We saw you go forth In your clean strong youth, 

With your eyes so steadfast and sure; 
You'd heard the call— you knew the truth, 

You were burning yoiir share to endure; 
Aid now we know that your share Is done. 

We shall miss you, my darling, when the boys come 
home. 



You were ever so plucky, your eye so keen. 

We knew that no danger you'd shirk. 
A.nd now through those terHble dangers you've been, 

Oft saved from the shell, and the Are and murk, 
Till now — it I^ over, no more will you roam. 

We shall miss you, my darling, when the boys come 
home. 

The dear sound of your voice and your laughter so rare. 
The keen-witted Quip, and the kind loving thought, 

The turn of your h^ad, with its bright curling hair. 
The hundred gestures, which seemed as nought 

To the stranger, but to us meant so much. 

Ye , we'll miss you, my darling, when the boys come 
home. 



But we will not grudge you your joy, dear, 

Or the glory of your reward, 
In the noble army of martyrs you serve with never a fear 
In Ood's own mighty kingdom — for ever with the 
Lord; 
We therefore will rejoice for your great and glorious gain, 
Though we cannot help but miss you when the boys 
come home. 



"UliaBlttfll" 

Missing! — Oh, surely "tia hardest of all to bear. 
Where is he? Does he suffer? Perhaps needing my carer 
Hush! troubled one, hush! restrain your weeping; 
But one thing remember — waking or sleeping — 
WhatotT he is — he is in God's keeping. 



Q[tf» Matiitv'B (Srg Attantrrrb 

"My beautlfxl b< ! My loving son! Oh Ood uy son li 

dead!" 

"He 1b not dead; he Is rUen," the loving Ma. .^r said. 

Luke xziv, 6 



"To save his lite— to keep him here I'd have given my own 

life rather." 
"If ye loved me, ye would REJOICE, because I go to the 

Father." 

John xlv, 28 

"He was so full of life and strength, and he was so young," 

said she. 

"I, too, was young and full of 'ength when they crucified 

me." 

John xlx, II 

"He gave up all— he felt the call so strong he daren't 

refuse It." 

"He that would lose his life shall save, and he that would 

save shall lose it." 

Matt. xvl. 25 



'Hourly I prayed Thee to give him life that, returning, he 

should serve Thee." 
"Yea, and I gave him 'long, long life' e'en to eternity." 

Ps. xxi, 4; Prayer Boox version 



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"He loved Thee, Lord; had he been spared he vould have 

taught others of Thee." 
"He finished the v?ork I gave him on earth, and now he is 

dwelling with Me." 

John xvli, 4-5 

"He was my son, my dear, brave son ; must I give him to 

Thee, Lord?" 
"I gave my only son for thee, for thee was His blood 

outpoured." 

John iil, 16; I. John HI, 16 



"Forgive my murmur, I pray, Oh Lord; he is safer with 
Thee by far. 
And with Thee he can do a nobler work while forever he 
'shines as a star.' " 

Dan. xli, 3 



^n ^sra 



"Mother! I've been moved to a higher class." The 
little fellow's eyes sparkled and his face beamed with joy 
as he ran into his mother's room; it was only his second 
term at school and he was but six years old. 

"That makes mother very happy, darling, because she 
knows you must have done your best," said she. 

The years rolled quietly on, and often, ks they passed, 
her ears were gladdened with the same happy announce- 
ment: "Mother, I've been moved to a higher class." 

The child grew to to be a lad and was getting on well 
in his college course when the Great War broke out, and 
he needs must join the colors. All too soon for the mother, 
though it seemed long to him, he was ordered to "the 
Front." After awhile came news of promotion — once — 
twice — then the sad cable— he had fallen, but bravely 
amongst others doing his best, and through the mist of 
her sorrow she seemed to hear his happy voice repeating 
the old glad words: "Mother, I've been moved to a higher 
class." Yes, it was surely true. She must not grieve. She 
would see him again e'er long; he had done his best, and 
the Master had moved him to a higher class. 



(§n % liiiBB of ^M3. "(&aoh ^apt" 
a«2» i| JJ.&. "IHottmouttf" 

Our ships are gone beneath the cold grey wave, 

And with them husbands, fathers, sons and brothers brave. 

Our hearts are torn with grief to feel that they 

For sin in others had this sacrifice to pay. 



Yet think, when once was offered that greatest sacrifice 

of all, 
How His beloved ones wept and thought His gain a fall; 
Till they beheld their risen Lord, and knew God's power 

was great, 
To overcome all evil and turn to love all hate. 

And then did they continue the work He had begun. 
And passed it down to us to follow, e'en though our hearts 

are wrung. 
Thus "Comfort ye," sisters and children, they are risen, 

they are not dead. 
And maybe they're close beside you to show you the path 

to tread. 



In only "a little while" we shall join again our beloved. 
And we know that they only gave their lives as duty them 
behoved. 



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When each has done his share to show that only Love e'eir 
lasteth, 

The peace of God shall surround us, which all understand- 
ing surpasseth. 

Then wring not your hands, Oh Mother, nor think that 

your boy Is dead; 

Oh wife, lift up your weeping eyes and raise your drooping 

head; 
They could not die, who fought in such a strife. 
What erstwhile looked like Death, was naught but the gate 

of Life. 

And now they have entered in and "know as they are 

known," 
And see that all great and noble deeds, which here in grief 

are sown, 
Bear glorious fruit in the Great Beyond, the Heavenly 

Land above, 
Where we "see as we are seen" and prove ever that God 

Is Love. 



10 

We had received the fatal telegram, and we knew that 
our dear boy had been taken from us on the threshold of 
a life we had hoped might be so useful; the world was 
very grey and the keen ache in my heart seemed to 
penetrate everything I did. He had been an aviator and 
had died nobly, defending his squadron. I k""" it 'was 
an honor and I felt so proud of him, but still there was 
that bitter ache — till there came to me a beautiful vision 
which seemed to take the sting away : Before me I beheld 
the stricken 'plane falling, falling through the blue ether; 
his poor limp body, so alert and upright a moment before, 
now hanging lifeless over his wheel, and my heart was so 
filled with bitter woe that I raised my eyes to Implore 
mercy and help from the Almighty. And there — ^just 
above the falling 'plane — I beheld my boy, safe and beau- 
tiful. On his face a radiant smile, an indescribable look 
of unspeakable joy. Close beside him was a beloved cousin, 
who had laid down his life a few weeks before, and beyond 
him I sav/ a countless host of young happy faces, all with 
the same beautiful smile on them. Then a bright light fell 
over them all and I saw my boy's hand go up to the salute 
as a lock of joyful surprise came over his face. Was he 
hearing the Master's "Well done, good and faithful servant, 
enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." As the vision faded 
I found the bitterness had all gone from my heart. I 
could not grudge him his happiness, and I knew we should 



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meet again. Oh, all you who are bereaved, look up and 
look beyond! Our heroes are doing a greater work than 
we can understand, and they can never die. Our journey 
here will soon be ended: it is just a span In the great 
circle of Eternity and we shall be together agrain. The 
Great General does not promote his soldiers until they are 
reedy, and surely we should rejoice, not weep, when our 
dear ones get their promotion, feeling that He knows their 
preparation here has been sufficient to fit them for their 
work in the Great Beyond. 



What is Life? A little wisp of mist, creeping across the 

fen — 
A shadow thrown by the rising sun, but for a moment, — 

then 
Caught by the rays of the risen orb. It rises 
And, upward drawn, it forms the rainbow at the foot of 

the throne above. 
And creeping upward still it reaches e'en to the God of 

Love, 
Absorbed by the Sun of Righteousness, who prizes 
Each life He lived on earth to save 
And dying brought again to Him who gave. 

What is Death? There is no death, for, ever rising out of 

Death comes Life. 
From sleeping chrysalis comes the beauteous butterfly, 

flitting where oy is rife. 



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The seed decays, and from It comes life giving corn or 

precious flower. 
And so, when our dear ones pass beyond our sight. 
May we not feel they're upward drawn, nearer to that 

Great Power 
Who Is our life— able to serve Him now in pure delight? 
Suffering no more pain, or earth's degrading spell, 
They serve, in greater bliss than mortal tongue can tell. 

And shall we mourn for them, who did not fear 

The battle's awful stress and strain to face, God's freedom 

to uphold? 
Nay, let us bow our heads, and strain our ears to hear 
The sound of their rejoicing as the heavenly joys unfold 
Before their gaze of rapture; knowing their joy is greater 

than was their pain 
For them let us now rejoice, and with them, when we 

meet again. 



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Haok limtarbl 



Hark! 'tis the voice o{ Jesus crying o'er land and sea, 

"Wheresoever thy treasure is, thy heart will surely be; 

I have called to thee often In vain before 

To fix thy heart on this farther shore; 

And now I am drawing with bands of love. 

Taking thy dearest to joys above. 

After the clash and clamour of war 

When he wrestled with evil, as never before. 

He works for Me still — and he sees face to face 

And knov ^ Good will conquer by God's good grace. 

And he Is a link in My great Love's chain, 

Drawing thee upward through sorrow and pain. 

Away from Earth's pleasures which lured thee so long. 

Thousands of voices all young and strong. 

Are joining with Me in that wonderful call. 

Look upward, for here is thy treasure, thy all." 



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"31 mill lift up min? sxitB to ti\t ^iHB, 
from mlfrnrif rnmrtlf mg l|*Ui" 

Down in the valley of dark despair 

I trod my way alone, nor dared to raise my liead; 
My burden born of grief and care 

Drove me by this dark way — the valley of the dead. 

Night reigned supreme o'er mount and vale, 

Darkness above I felt, and all around my way 

The damp mists hung, nor could they fail 

I. lore deeply to distress and add to my dismay. 

Then suddenly I felt a change, my weary eyes I raised, 
And lo! upon the mountain top a tiny shaft of light 

Tipping the rock with golden ray — the dark amazed 

Fell back, and down the mountain fled the shades of 
night. 

Hope touched my soul and as I dared to look 

The shades still further fled away, 
The sunbeam warmed and grew, filling up every nook. 

Till soon, e'en in my valley, the Light had come to 

stay. 

My help had come at last, my burden passed. 

The mists had fled, and warm, I revelled in the sun; 

And joyously my eyes I oast 

Up and ever upward— for my day had just begun. 



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Aftrr 

Quiet after strife, 
Peace after war; 
After death, life; 

V.'h.v should we weep? 

After toil, rest ; 
After work, sleei); 
Reward after test. 

Why should we weep? 

Light after Jarkness. 
Knowledge after Faith, 
Sight after blindness. 

Why should we weep? 

Calm after madness. 
Pleasure after pain, 
Laughter aftor sadness, 
Why should we weep? 

Crown after cross, 
After sorrow, joy. 
Gain after loss. 

Why should we weep? 

After all the turmoil. 
After all the strife, 
He has gone to Jesus; 
Come, let us rejoice! 



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Extract from letter from one of mj aviator torn at the front:— 
"It ma, a cloudy, ««( Jay. but I '»«* "S P'""* ""'' ^'«» "'"" ""* 
cloudi into glorioui tunihine.' 

Oloom all around me, a world In pain, 
Thick clouds above m'i, and falling rain; 
Striving to pierce the clouds, my eyes I strain 
To see that now— though sorrow's cup I drain— 
The sun still shines. 



Now, seated In my plane upward I rise. 
Plying lightly through the clouds I And blue skies, 
And there, d'zzUng my lately tearful eyes, 
Dispelling all my grief and weary sighs- 
The sun still shines. 

And In pure air. In unlimited space. 
Alone with God, I seek His face. 
And pray He'll always give me grace 
To remei ber, when I my way retrace- 
That the sun still shines. 



I feel I have been with the Father of Light, 
And I can "be still" and know that His might 
Win overcome evil, and give me sight 
To see— though my day Is dark as night— 
That the sun still shines. 



ymltn Ixxxiv.. 5, 0, 7, 

Prayer Book Version. 

Blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee, In 
whose heart are thy ways. 

Who going through the vale of misery use it for a 
well: and the pools are filled with water. 

They will go from strength to strength: and unto 
the God of gods appeareth every one of them in Sion.